On My Reading List

#10. Photography- ‘ A Summer’s Day‘ By Joel Meyerwitz, 1985.

“…Summertime, more than any other time of the year, brings me to a state of mind where this dual relationship is fluid, in harmony. In summer, I go back for a while to that other time. I shed my clothes, walk to the waters edge, and step in. I feel nature all around me. I wear it as a skin. I stare into space as long as I can. I look deeply into other faces. I lie in the sand and in the grass, feeling for what it felt like the first time. Summer is a time for remembering; it’s the time when growing things make seeds that are their memory. It’s a time for taking in…”

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Family Life- The Next Chapter

Now that our old house has sold, we’re busy with non-stop sorting, ridding and packing. Whew! I can’t believe we’ve amassed so much stuff. My advice is to get your home in order before a major move.

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I’ve had lots of questions about where we’re going and about our next place. My husband and I are heading south. And this is a peek at our destination- a restored farm house c. 1870.

(iPhone 5c image- Martha Browne)

Inspired By…

…Richard Avedon’s portrait of Sandra Bennett c. 1980.

Richard Avedon was a noted fashion photographer for Vogue and other magazines. But he also delved into other aspects of photography. In 1979, he and two assistants visited a small town in Texas. At a local gathering, Avedon decided to do a bunch of portraits. So, he set up his Deardorff camera along with a large sheet of seamless white paper taped to an exterior wall. And then waited. Avedon knew what kind of people he wanted to photograph- hardworking people who went under the normal radar. He met and photographed a young boy with a snake skin. This first encounter was the impetus for Avedon to create his unique vision of the American west.

One of my favorites from his book is the image of Sandra Bennett in 1980. I decided to try a few photos of Kayla in a similar pose.

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Fashion details- Kayla is wearing vintage overalls and a sleeveless shirt from Gap Kids.

(Top Left Photo- Richard Avedon. Other Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)